A Brand New Year. Well, Almost.

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Hello there sewists, and welcome to 2014! So far, 2014 is a completely different animal than it’s older sibling 2013. I started a new job at the beginning of the year, and have been going full-steam with training. So, while I’ve been sewing a fair bit, my blogging has fallen by the wayside a bit. Hopefully once I get used to the work and my new schedule, I can get back into the swing of things, blogging-wise. Also, I’m hoping to buy a dress form in the not-too-distant future, which I’m totes going to use for dress shoots.

Sorry folks, but a model I ain’t. Also, it’s far easier to shoot another body, especially one that’s really good at standing still :).

I had a wee break between finishing my old job and starting training for the new one, so  the Gentleman and I managed to have a nice weekend in Franschhoek. We tasted wine and browsed the main street, and even managed to find a cool little used bookstore hidden down a side street. It’s fun when you turn left instead of right and find something you would never have discovered otherwise.  Continue reading

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A last post for the year.

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I’ve been a bit remiss about posting of late, mainly because I’m starting a new job in the new year, as well as general end-of-year madness. I finally completed my first costume- a version of Merida’s dress from Brave- but I’m not going to post that until the wig arrives and I can pose for the complete look. It was a lot of bloody work, I’ll tell you that. It’ll be worth it for Free Comic Book Day though. Continue reading

Kimono Dress

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When I lived in Japan, I used to go to recycle stores a lot. Recycle stores are awesome places where people sell their goods- which are generally in really good condition and are sometimes brand new- so that  they can find new homes. My recycle store purchases included (but were in no way limited to) a toaster, a PS2, a giant tv, a Polaroid 6000 camera, and an ancient but beautiful kimono that I got for the equivalent of about R100 (about $10).

I had all these plans for my kimono. I would wear them to fancy occasions. I would wear them to fancy-dress parties. I would hang it on a wall. Sadly, reality laughed in my face, like the bitch she is. I wore it exactly once in 7 years, and have never found a wall suitable or large enough to mount it. So, I decided to commit the ultimate sacrilege: I would rip it apart and use the fabric to make a dress, so I could at least enjoy wearing it a few times a year. Continue reading

Wiggle Dress Mania!

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Gertie wiggle 2I only realised when I was editing the photos that the neckline had “peeped up” a bit, sorry.

A while ago I bought my first ever proper sewing book! Having followed Gertie’s blog for a while, I decided to get her New Book for Better Sewing, because a) lots of sewing advice and techniques and b) a veritable treasure-trove, nay, a buttload of patterns based on her favourites. I managed to find it on Takealot, which meant I could chip in some ebucks, so it was pretty affordable! Continue reading